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Experts: Warming up your car could be harmful to your engine

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No one likes to get into a cold car on a frigid winter morning. Many leave it idling, to get it toasty warm. (KCTV5) No one likes to get into a cold car on a frigid winter morning. Many leave it idling, to get it toasty warm. (KCTV5)
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No one likes to get into a cold car on a frigid winter morning. Many leave it idling, to get it toasty warm.

“I do start it about 10-15 minutes before I leave,” said Lenexa resident Natalie Hunt.

However, experts disagree with this process saying it could be harmful to your engine.

According to popularmechanic.com, doing this decreases the life of your engine by stripping oil away from the engine’s cylinders and pistons.

“We’re fortunate. We own a house and both of our cars stay inside a garage overnight,” Lenexa resident Jeff Hall said.

The idea that engines need to warm up to a certain operating temperature dates back to the time of carburetors.

With today’s fuel-injected engines, the warming up takes place when driving – not when sitting idle. Though some still like that car toasty warm from the get-go.

“I feel like warming it up and getting into something warm than getting into something cold is probably better. For me,” Hunt said.

It takes 5-15 minutes for your engine to warm up while driving, so take it nice and easy for the first part of your drive. 

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